Ego mesmerizes us by imagining bodies, from the celestial level to the human level.
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And thus they cure for all eternity. We need the Holy Spirit to undo our beliefs because, as people, we are stuck within a limited ego thought system which does not want us to understand that we can be cured of personal identity. This cure, to the ego, seems to be death.
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The cure for living as a person is to undo the person completely. Just withdraw your vote for darkness and complexity, and Light and Simplicity will naturally arise in the Mind of which you are an inextricable extension. At first, improving the person seems necessary, but eventually, you get the hang of dropping the person altogether.
Let me know if this makes sense to you — email me at miracles amytorresacim. Watch for my upcoming book, Sweet Dreams of Awakening. There is nothing to fear. There is no thing to fear. There are no things because things are made up by the ego.
Complete safety is our birthright. In the Light which we really are, there is nothing but Radiance streaming through Timelessness. The idea for today simply states a fact.
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It is not a fact to those who believe in illusions, but illusions are not facts. In truth there is nothing to fear. It is very easy to recognize this. But it is very difficult to recognize it for those who want illusions to be true. Merely repeat the idea as often as possible. You can use it with your eyes open at any time and in any situation.
It is strongly recommended, however, that you take a minute or so whenever possible to close your eyes and repeat the idea to yourself slowly several times. It is particularly important that you use the idea immediately, should anything disturb your peace of mind. The presence of fear is a sure sign that you are trusting in your own strength. The awareness that there is nothing to fear shows that somewhere in your mind, though not necessarily in a place that you recognize as yet, you have remembered God, and let His strength take the place of your weakness.
The instant you are willing to do this there is indeed nothing to fear. The ego mind is a weapon of mass distraction. Distraction is destruction, when it comes to peace of mind. Absolute God-Thought does not contain words or images, shapes or forms, time or space; It just Is. It is Life — Unborn, Undying Being. Ego-thinking, on the other hand, is a dreamer of a false identity within God-Mind.
It is an attempt to split and limit what is Unified and Limitless. It is imaginative but not Creative. The descent from Oneness to personal identity contains layers of veils to prevent you from remembering your True Self. It is a turning point when you are able to catch irrelevant thoughts and use mind chatter as a reminder to choose again. I cannot see apart from Him. For a better understanding of what I mean by this and how it works, watch Prescription for Inner Peace.
I think of mindfulness as good self talk. Good self talk is an internal process — a way of thinking. Most of us have an ongoing mental stream of self-criticism or discontent with others. On the human level, good self talk is kind, encouraging, comforting and loving. The results include increased confidence, calm and empathy.
I first came across it in yoga during savasana , the deep relaxation at the end of the asana practice. Thank you, kidneys. T hank you, liver. Thank you, stomach. This was completely novel to me, and my heart embraced loving myself and the greater Intelligence that made the body work. Spontaneously, I felt more connected to myself and something Greater as well. We are not talking ourselves into trying to believe that we are Happy, Peaceful, etc. We are shifting our attention from the ego to the Truth. Then, we are invited to add attributes we associate with being a Son of God to this list.
I am innocent, fearless, Whole. I am fulfilled, nourished, radiant with Purpose. Then I translate: I am full with the Love of God. I am formless, changeless, Spirit. I am whole and free. I am at peace, fulfilled, content. I need nothing because I am that I am. I am relaxed, happy, at peace, filled with purpose, filled with love. Therefore, we are all Whole, Unified, at Peace and Joyful. Lesson 40 is a potent, uplifting lesson. Therefore you are blessed as a Son of God. We are happy, peaceful, unified, innocent, fearless, content.
Today we will begin to assert some of the happy things to which you are entitled, being what you are. No long practice periods are required today, but very frequent short ones are necessary. Once every ten minutes would be desirable, and you are urged to attempt this schedule and to adhere to it whenever possible.
If you forget, try again. If there are long interruptions, try again. Whenever you remember, try again. You need not close your eyes for the exercise periods, although you will probably find it more helpful if you do. However, you may be in a number of situations during the day when closing your eyes would not be feasible. Do not miss a practice period because of this. You can practice quite well under any circumstances, if you really want to. Repeat the idea for today, and then add several of the attributes you associate with being a Son of God, applying them to yourself.
One practice period might, for example, consist of the following:. I am happy, peaceful, loving and contented. I am calm, quiet, assured and confident. If only a brief period is available, merely telling yourself that you are blessed as a Son of God will do. First we have to agree that guilt is hell. For many of us, guilt is the signal that we have a conscience, an ethical center. If we gave up guilt we might run amok, rampage, loot, steal, binge, and have orgies.
Innocence is Oneness and Oneness is Holiness. Recognizing my holiness saves me from the misinformation the ego offers. And, of course, if my holiness is my salvation, that is how my holiness blesses the world Lesson This makes me think of wounded healers. I became a psychotherapist because I was emotionally wounded and therapy healed me beyond the personality; it led to a series of spiritual awakenings.
I felt drawn to others who wanted to undergo deep self-examination. They simultaneously increase the strength of the giver and supply strength to the receiver. God takes it from there. My holiness is my salvation. If guilt is hell, what is its opposite? Like the text for which this workbook was written, the ideas used for the exercises are very simple, very clear and totally unambiguous. We are not concerned with intellectual facts nor logical toys. We are dealing only in the very obvious, which has been overlooked in the clouds of complexity in which you think you think.
This is not difficult, surely. The hesitation you may feel in answering is not due to the ambiguity of the question. But do you believe that guilt is hell? If you did, you would see at once how direct and simple the text is, and you would not need a workbook at all. No one needs practice to gain what is already his. Whom Paul might have believed to be our real spiritual fathers, I would not dare to speculate. The list of the schizophrenia of Jesus as taught in the New Testament goes on and on. In that sense I agree with Ken. But I do believe that the Jesus of ACIM can be found in the Bible, if one sorts out the later interpretations of his teachings from his actual teachings as found in much of the Gospels themselves.
I also do believe that Ken would probably agree with this. For whatever it might be worth.
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As for Paul. It seems to me that his teaching, which he seems to have sincerely believed, might have served more to safely hide the more radical teachings of Jesus, in a package that the people of his day could more easily stomach, keeping the kernel of Jesus more radical teachings alive and well and waiting, for a day later on when others might be ready to un-wrap it.
I think there is a huge misunderstanding here. I have never used the word "hoax. If you understand what I am talking about with regard to symbols, then you understand that there is no intention to "expose a hoax" on my part. Is math a hoax to use "5" all the while there are no "5" characters out there in our physical world? I could stand here and go, "Well, you know, math is all a lie, a hoax, because there really are no 5's. They've lied to you. If, as I believe, there was never literally a man who lived and was known as Jesus and I'm not passionate about this topic one way or another, actually , then what I am saying is that even for the Catholic Church, Jesus is ultimately just a symbol.
If the Catholic Church can be seen as "math," then Jesus is their "5". Do you get what I mean? The symbol of "Jesus" stands for something that is very real, though the symbol itself might not have actually existed in concrete, physical reality. The "Jesus" in Catholicism and I'm a former Catholic often stood for persecution, suffering, agony, pain, and there is little argument from most that Catholicism brought exactly this to the world in many ways. Look at the Inquisition, and all the other horrible things the church did. And, for them, they did it in the name of "Jesus. The things they did in the name of the symbol are very real; though the symbol might not have actually existed in concrete, physical reality on this planet.
What this is addressing is the power of the mind, and the power of belief. This is what the Course is getting at. The human mind is very powerful, the power of belief is very powerful. I don't recall anything in the Course that says that Jesus Christ literally existed in the flesh. Whether he did or didn't is not important to the application of what the Course says.
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This is why some non-Christians use the Course. The Course using Jesus as a symbol. I don't know if we should continue with this discussion, because this is most likely an aspect of the Course that the individual student has to take on for himself and learn in his own way and in his own time.
It might appear that I am trying to "force" this on others. That was never my intention. I thought it deserved to be there because it is very important to the Course. But I can see that you, and many other Course students, and certainly Christians, have a lot invested in believing that Jesus Christ literally existed. I don't have any intention of disproving this. I'm completely neutral on this topic. Looking at the main page of this site, I see that the featured article of the day is somewhat in line with what we're talking about here: Omnipotence paradox. Certainly, it's not exactly the same.
But it seems to address the issues of symbolism and logic in religion. This made me think that maybe a page about this topic, whether Jesus is the literal source of A Course In Miracles or not, might be beneficial. And why can't I start it? So, I'll start the article, and if anyone else can come up with a better title, then they can change it, of course.
But I think this topic deserves its own page. I just made some changes to a section that someone just added, comparing Sufism and ACIM, trying to clarify what seem to me to be the similarities between the two teachings. I hope nobody minds that I rephrased it so that it doesn't appear as if ACIM teaches that God created the material world.
I also elaborated a bit on the other points made. Any comments or questions? This disclaimer stated in the intro that "Schucman never claimed this herself this being that ACIM was written in the voice of the person of Jesus ". I removed this assertion from the intro because, to the best of my understanding, Schucman's position on this question was not so clear cut as this disclaimer seemed to imply.
I have read or seen several accounts of Schucman sitting aside in a room, silently condoning the assertions of Wapnick or Thetford that ACIM 'was written by Jesus'. Admittedly, I have never read any place where Schucman herself publicly stated this point blank, however it seems to me that the only reason that Schucman may never have publicly stated this may have been only for 'political' purposes.
By this I mean that it would seem to me that her own personal credibility as the scribe of ACIM would have in some way been better preserved or enhanced when she would only allow Ken or Bill to publicly make this somewhat awkward claim for her, rather than boldly making this claim in a public way for herself.
Upon reading the Urtext, for me it becomes an inescapable conclusion that Schucman had to have believed that ACIM was as Thetford and Wapnick had stated, written by Jesus. This question of Schucman's personal position on this issue is already more fully addressed in the article: Jesus Christ as source of "A Course In Miracles" , and to me this question seems to be a topic that is a bit too complex and nuanced to attempt to introduce in the introduction of the article, especially when introduced without any accompanying explanation as it was.
I have been working on the Forgiveness article. Would someone be willing to take a stab at adding an ACIM heading under the "Religious and spiritual views of forgiveness" heading in that article and trying to concisely state the Course's view on forgiveness? Forgiveness as the means to remembering God is the fundamental message of A Course in Miracles. ACIM The ACIM view is ultimately that forgiveness is not the letting go of resentment, but that forgiveness is awakening to remember that there is nothing to resent. ACIM would reinterpret forgiveness as follows: Metaphysically, there is nothing to forgive.
Outside of time there was a tiny mad idea that one could be separate from God. In reality, one cannot. All creation is a thought of God. Nevertheless, the experience in time is that there has been a separation from God. It is analogous to a ripple effect of the original tiny mad idea of separation. The ripples of that thought of separation have spread out, creating a universe of myriad forms of separation. But God still is, as always.
To explain what I mean let us recap a little. The Course starts It goes on The Ego makes use of our ability to remember past events, create abstractions of what might happen and hence 'has a go' at predicting the future, in order that we keep ourselves safe and happy, in fact it is our attempt at creating our own salvation.
Since we have free will, this ranges from simple thoughts like - there is a wolf jumping out from behind a bush so I must run like hell … or I noticed this morning that I had run out of milk … I must stop on the way home to buy some … this is where the Ego can be quite useful.
But the Ego also tries to run everything, right up to the point where it decides the really deep stuff of judging the worthiness of others and 'rightness' or 'correctness' of actions and people - even to the point, in some individuals, of deciding who should live and who should die!
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To know the will of God is a function of knowing, through Grace, what is in our deepest heart. We are normally blind to it because it is crowded out by the 'easily seen in big lights' stuff that is in our egoic mind. Our primitive alertness to anything fearful, whether in our conscious or subconscious minds, puts it there in big lights. The Course says 'we need just accept the atonement for ourselves' that is accept that we are forgiven, to remove this blindedness.
A quote from Miranda's book. You might think that there is a conflict then between the will in your heart and the will of the egoic mind, however, as this lesson points out, there is no real will in your egoic mind! What, I hear you say, if this person hurts me so badly then I have the will to push them down the stairs — I feel that is a real will! NO - remember that what you experience as a will to strike back, righteously as you believe, could more correctly be described as an impulse coming from emotional energy that has been hijacked by conscious and unconscious egoic beliefs and survival patterns that were learnt at an early age when you were even less aware of the real 'big picture'.
It would actually be safest to assume that they are completely meaningless, lest we make a big mistake! By realising this I find that the power of my own egoic mind is much less in the forefront of my mind.